This archived statute consolidation is current to November 10, 1992 and includes changes enacted and in force by that date.

Travel Regulation Act

[RSBC 1979] CHAPTER 410

[Act administered by the Ministry of Tourism]

  1.  Interpretation
  2-4.  Repealed
  5.  Regulations
  6.  Classifying accommodation
  7.  Statutory conflict
  8.  Enforcement
  9.  Tourist Council
  10.  Duties of council


1.  In this Act

"rental unit" includes the whole or a part of a cabin, cottage, house, kitchen, office, administration building, apartment, room, lodge, hut, tent and structure maintained for public use;

"tourist accommodation" means

(a) land on which rental units are situate; or

(b) land used by the public as a camping ground or trailer park,

whether or not a charge is made for its rental or use;

"trailer" means a vehicle

(a) constructed so that it may be drawn or propelled by a motor vehicle; and

(b) used for human occupancy.

Historical Note(s): 1961-7-2; 1980-36-51.


2-4.  [Repealed 1980-36-52.]


5.  (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations governing

(a) the licensing, registration and supervision of tourist accommodation;

(b) the conduct of persons who operate, use or avail themselves of the facilities of tourist accommodation; and

(c) enforcement of the regulations

and without limiting the generality of that power, may thereunder

(d) require the operator of tourist accommodation to maintain a register of guests who use or stay at the tourist accommodation;

(e) provide for licensing or registration of tourist accommodation and prescribe fees to be paid for licences or registration;

(f) provide for the inspection of tourist accommodation; and

(g) provide for the exemption from this Act of tourist accommodation not operated primarily for gain.

(2) A regulation may be made applicable to all or specified municipalities, or may exclude a municipality from its application.

Historical Note(s): 1961-7-6.

Classifying accommodation

6.  The Lieutenant Governor in Council may

(a) establish standards for the classification of tourist accommodation;

(b) classify tourist accommodation according to those standards;

(c) vary classifications; and

(d) establish signs or symbols to indicate standards of classification and prescribe that they shall be used only as authorized by the minister.

Historical Note(s): 1961-7-7.

Statutory conflict

7.  Where there is conflict between this Act or the regulations and a municipal bylaw, this Act or the regulations prevail.

Historical Note(s): 1961-7-8.


8.  Every municipality shall enforce this Act and the regulations.

Historical Note(s): 1961-7-9.

Tourist Council

9.  (1) For the purposes of this Act, there may be established by the minister a council to be called the Provincial Tourist Advisory Council, which shall consist of not more than 50 members, to be appointed by the minister and to hold office during pleasure.

(2) The members of the council shall comprise

(a) not more than 7 members of the public service of British Columbia whose administrative duties involve matters affecting the tourist traffic, one of whom shall be appointed vice chairman by the minister;

(b) representatives of organized bodies whose main purpose is to stimulate the tourist traffic;

(c) other persons having special experience or knowledge in connection with the tourist traffic.

(3) The minister shall appoint one of the members of the council who is not a member of the public service of British Columbia as chairman of the council, to hold office for a period of 2 years or until his successor is appointed.

(4) No remuneration shall be payable to any member of the council in connection with services rendered as a member, but members are entitled to receive travelling and other personal expenses authorized by the minister.

Historical Note(s): 1966-6-2; 1980-36-53.

Duties of council

10.  The duties of the council are to

(a) stimulate and coordinate the activities of all associations, or other public or private organizations, engaged in developing the tourist traffic of the Province, and generally to facilitate the development of a unified tourist policy;

(b) encourage the formation of tourist bureaus; and

(c) collaborate with all organizations interested in the stimulation of the tourist traffic, and generally to seek the most favourable representation of the Province to the public for tourist purposes.

Historical Note(s): 1966-6-2.